MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Historical Museum has opened the 2018 exhibit of 3rd and 4th generation businesses in the Middlebury area.

There are currently 13 businesses on display with others to be added. Several of these businesses are actually into the 5th generation.

An example of this is the oldest of these businesses, Varns & Hoover Hardware. Varns & Hoover Hardware is a continuation of Wise & Varns Hardware which was founded in 1888. It is now operated by Nathan Miller, a fifth generation of the Varns family involved with this Middlebury business. The displays include photographs and artifacts of these enduring companies that represent so much of the area’s history.

Also on display is an array of art works by the late Joe Mayberry. Mr. Mayberry lived and worked in Middlebury for a period of time and the display includes a number of his paintings as well as several ink drawings of local residences.

The Middlebury Community Historical Museum is located at 301 Bristol Avenue (CR 8) in Middlebury, Indiana. It is directly across the street from The Krider World’s Fair Garden, which is a replica of the Krider Nurseries exhibit is the 1933-34 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago. The museum hours are 10 a.m. -  2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The museum will open for groups, at other times, by appointment. Admission is free. 

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